Ivan Rodriguez Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Ivan Rodriguez

Date of Birth: 11/27/1971
Rookie Card Year: 1991
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Ivan Rodriguez cards and autographed memorabilia are well respected by collectors. He is considered to be one of the game's all-time greats at the catcher position. During his 21-year career, Rodriguez was a 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner. He retired in 2011 with the highest percentage of runners caught stealing.

Rodriguez has seven rookie cards. Released in 1991, all of them are very affordable due to the high volume at which they were produced. He also has several minor league cards which player collectors often pursue. Two of his most popular ones are his 1989 and 1990 Star cards.

His first certified autograph cards were issued in 1996 Leaf Signature Series as part of the Extended Autograph set. It has a print run of 1,250 copies. A Century Marks parallel has a print run of 100. Neither of the cards are serial numbered.

Upper Deck produced Ivan Rodriguez's first game-used memorabilia cards in 1999.  He has a Game Winning Materials insert card in 1999 SPx as well as a Game Jersey card in 1999 Upper Deck Baseball.

Ivan Rodriguez's autographed memorabilia is highly collectible. The prices for his signed items are on par with those of other catchers who have been inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Rodriguez should eventually take his rightful place among those players. When he does a spike in value for his signed memorabilia will occur.

Ivan Rodriguez Rookie Card Checklist

1991 Bowman Ivan Rodriguez RC #272

Ivan Rodriguez 1991 Bowman RC 214x300 Image

This is an attractive card of Rodriguez in a posed catcher position. The cards feature a traditional clay stock, making it one of the more popular Ivan Rodriguez rookie cards.

1991 Donruss The Rookies Ivan Rodriguez RC #33

Ivan Rodriguez 1991 Donruss RC 214x300 Image

Rodriguez is one of the key rookies in Donruss' annual end-of-year box set. 1991 was the last season Donruss issued the product in factory set form.

1991 Fleer Update Ivan Rodriguez RC #62

Ivan Rodriguez 1991 Fleer Update RC 214x300 Image

This set was severely over-produced. As a consequence, these cards have little value. It is another card available as part of a factory set.

1991 Score Rookie/Traded Ivan Rodriguez RC #82T

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This card features a great action shot of Rodriguez. The Score brand had mixed reactions upon its debut a few years prior. It was cards like this that helped sway collector opinion to the positive.

1991 Topps Traded Ivan Rodriguez RC #101T

Ivan Rodriguez 1991 Topps RC 214x300 Image

The 40th Anniversary issue of Topps Baseball was an incredibly popular release. It attracted not only regular hobby veterans but casual fans and returning collectors as well. Rodriguez's card is one of the keys to the boxed update set. A rarer Tiffany version, noted for its glossy look, is one of the most valuable 1991 Ivan Rodriguez cards.

1991 Ultra Update Ivan Rodriguez RC #58

Ivan Rodriguez 1991 Ultra Update RC 219x300 Image

This was another extremely over-produced product. Rodriguez's rookie card value suffers as a result. That being said, as far as update sets from 1991 go, Ultra is one of the more popular.

1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Ivan Rodriguez RC #55F

Ivan Rodriguez 1991 UD Final Edition RC 210x300 Image

Distributed in a boxed set configuration, the card is a popular choice for professional grading. Even then, don't expect to get a huge return.

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1999 Topps Gold Label Baseball Card Ivan Rodriguez Catcher
$12.95
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2001 Topps Reserve - Ivan Rodriguez - Game Bats Insert #TRR-IR
$6.49
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2002 E-X - Ivan Rodriguez - Behind the Numbers Game Jersey Insert #21
$5.99
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2002 TOPPS PRESTIGE POPULAR DEMAND 0215 1000 IVAN RODRIGUEZ !!! BOX 15
$9.99
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1991 Topps Traded Ivan Rodriguez Rookie PSA 10 Texas Rangers Pudge
$5.50
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MIKE PIAZZA IVAN RODRIGUEZ 1997 Pinnacle Team Pinnacle #5
$12.00
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2012 Panini National Treasures Ivan Rodriguez Patch Auto 25 Autograph
$45.00
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2001 SP GAME BAT # IR IVAN RODRIGUEZ PIECE OF THE GAME PSA GRADED NM-MT 8!!!!!
$5.44
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IVAN RODRIGUEZ 2002 02 ULTRA GLOVE WORKS GAME USED GLOVE SP 450
$14.99
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Ivan Rodriguez Relic Card 2001 Upper Deck SP
$5.00
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2014 TOPPS ARCHIVES IVAN RODRIGUEZ DECKLE MINI AUTO#25 1969 DESIGN
$79.99
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1991 TOPPS TRADED #101T IVAN RODRIGUEZ RC LOT OF 48 MINT *INV
$36.96
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2007 Bowman Heritage Pieces of Greatness #IR Ivan Rodriguez Jsy Detroit E NM-MT
$11.99
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Ivan Rodriguez Upper Deck 2004 Game Winners Game Used Bat GW-IR
$8.09
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Mike Piazza Ivan Rodriguez Finest 1999 Split Screen SS9 Refractor
$5.39
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IVAN PUDGE RODRIGUEZ 1991 TOPPS TRADED GRADED PSA-10 GEM-MT ROOKIE RC CARD #101T
$19.95
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Autograph Guide

Ivan Rodriguez Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ivan Rodriguez's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Ivan Rodriguez Cut Signature Exemplar:

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Ivan Rodriguez Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ivan Rodriguez signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. Rodriguez has a  hard-to-decipher signature in terms of letter-by-letter analysis.
  2. It is written on an even horizontal plane.
  3. The discernible letters are: "I", "R", "d" and "g"
  4. The "I" looks like a "J" with a large, backwards "D" shaped loop at the top and a vertical line on a 45-degree angle, dropping below the plane.
  5. The "R" is distinguished by the "2" shape next to what could be mistaken as a large comma.
  6. The "d" is unique in that instead of the straight vertical line attached to the circle portion, it has a large "C" shape that rises well above the signature.
  7. The elongated loop that drops below the horizontal plane is the "g".

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IVAN PUDGE RODRIGUEZ SIGNED PHOTO 11X14 PSA DNA
$119.99
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Alex Rodriguez Ivan Rodriguez Rafael Palmeiro Signed Autograph Baseball
$20.00
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Ivan Barbashev 2013-14 ITG Heroes Prospects JERSEY AUTOGRAPH Silver 19 *Q829
$24.95
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2012 Panini National Treasures Ivan Rodriguez Patch Auto 25 Autograph
$45.00
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2013 Supreme Asia Ivan Nova #25 50 Auto - New York NY Yankees Stylings Topps
$21.84
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2013 Supreme Asia Ivan Nova #22 25 PURPLE Auto - New York Yankees Retired Active
$21.84
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Ivan Rodriguez signed 8x10 Photo - Florida Marlins
$39.99
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2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Ivan Zamorano CHILE auto REFRACTOR 17 25
$199.99
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2014 TOPPS ARCHIVES IVAN RODRIGUEZ DECKLE MINI AUTO#25 1969 DESIGN
$79.99
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1991 TOPPS TRADED #101T IVAN RODRIGUEZ RC LOT OF 48 MINT *INV
$36.96
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1952 Ivan Poddubny Russian Wrestler Legend Fighter Athlete Champion Soviet Book
$37.00
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1963 Ivan Zaikin Russian Wrestler Fighter Aviator Weightlifter Soviet Book
$37.00
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IVAN RODRIGUEZ SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO TEXAS RANGERS
$45.00
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Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers Autographed 8'' x 10'' Standing In -Item #4786607
$99.95
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Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers Autographed 16'' x 20'' In Batting -Item #4786608
$149.95
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Texas Rangers Ivan Rodriguez 2001 Topps Gold Label Fusion Autograph Auto
$35.95
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